Your body will have a harder time digesting food eaten less than three hours before falling asleep. During the day time, especially with our first meal of the day, we use the calories consumed to fuel our daily activities. When our food is not turned into fuel, it will more easily turn to fat. Unlike meals eaten throughout the day, nighttime meals do not increase your metabolism because your body is getting ready to sleep. The repairing that occurs in the body before sleep is considered more important to your body than attempting to metabolize food eaten too late at night. To ensure weight loss, it is best to go to sleep slightly hungry.
However, if you have ever tried to fall asleep on a completely empty stomach, you will notice that the stomach pains can cause you to toss and turn all night. Try drinking a full glass of water or a cup of chamomile tea with a light, natural sweetener such as agave, which can be found in most health food stores. Club soda, or another natural, sugar-free, caffeine-free carbonated beverage may also help to soothe the stomach pain while filling you up just enough to sleep peacefully.
If your major workout occurs in the late afternoon or at night, try replenishing with simple sugars in the form of an easily digestible smoothie or green juice. If you do not have a blender, make your last meal as simple as possible. Fruits or vegetables in their raw form are ideal, but lightly steamed vegetables will work as well. Heavy or processed foods such as animal meats, white rice, bread, pasta, dairy and fried foods will put an incredible burden on your system as it prepares to shut down for sleep, making those calories likely to be stored as fat.